A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story by Elaine Brown PDF

By Elaine Brown

ISBN-10: 0385471076

ISBN-13: 9780385471077

Brown's account of her existence on the maximum degrees of the Black Panther party's hierarchy. greater than a trip via a turbulent time in American historical past, this can be the tale of a black woman's conflict to outline herself.

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Columbus sampled Taino food—tubers, fruits, beans—and he showed the Indians pieces of gold, pearls, and several spices so that 52 THE FIRST VOYAGE they could tell him where those things might be found, and each time the answer was an arm pointed east toward lands he understood to be called Babeque and Bohio, today Great Inagua and Haiti. ” Because one-eyed and dog-headed men appear in the tallstory travels of the ostensible John Mandeville, these particular details suggest that Columbus was asking leading questions to prove his geographical position, and the obliging Tainos agreed.

Was there actually a light? With the fleet at least thirty-five miles from land, it’s more plausible the lumbre was a natural conjuration not uncommon on a dark ocean, especially to watchers straining to see something specific. The next day Columbus must have realized as much, yet he would use that ephemeral and uncertified luminescence to claim the reward for himself. His motive was less likely greed than the natural unwillingness of a man who gives most of his life to an idea only to have an uninformed latecomer pop up to claim it.

And, approaching this cape, there came so fair and sweet a smell of flowers or trees from the land, that it was the sweetest thing in the world. Rare are such generous and flattering expressions among Spaniards—conquistadors or otherwise—who followed Columbus into the New World, yet passages like this are not uncommon from him, even though he knew natural beauty was neither an exportable commodity nor anything the Crown would ever care about. He could ignore the practicalities of politics and economics to speak his heart, and those utterances about the Americas reveal the noblest side of the man.

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